Nvidia unveils the Tegra 4, Project Shield handheld

Earlier this week Nvidia finally unveiled what it calls the next industry-leading processor – the Tegra 4. The processor is designed for mobile phones, tablets and notebooks.

The architecture is nothing like it’s predecessor and has seen a complete redesign. Akin to Tegra 3, the Tegra 4 will support 4+1 core setup whereby the 5th core helps lower power consumption.
Codenamed “Wayne”, it outperforms it’s younger sibling, Tegra 3, by having 6 times the GPU horsepower. Nvidia also claims that it will deliver “2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps”. Also, during the keynote CEO Jen-Hsung Huang compared the processing power of the Tegra 4 to the likes the iPad 4 and the Nexus 10 with the Tegra coming out to be the clear winner.


Notable features of the Tegra 3 include:

  • GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, plus a 2nd Generation Battery Saver Core
  • Computational Photography Architecture
  • LTE capability with optional Icera i500 chipset
  • 4K ultra-high-def video support


The processor lets us down as far as integrated 4G LTE was concerned but has put some amazing tech specs on the table. Alongside this, Nvidia also went ahead and revealed the Project Shield handheld console powered by the Tegra 4. The console runs on Android and resembles a standard console controller with a 5″ touch 720p multitouch display. The console is expected to go on sale during Q2 2013 which is the only detail available for the time being.

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